Sight is one of the most important senses that human beings have, but many people have less than perfect vision that can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. As an adult, you will likely notice when your vision changes and then visit an eye doctor or vision center for an eye exam. But young children typically can either be born with poor vision and don't know any other reality, or don't know how to explain their vision changing. If you are a parent of a young child, look for the following signs that may indicate that your son or daughter may need glasses to improve his or her vision:


Squinting the eyes in order to see or read things at a distance is a tell-tale sign of a vision problem in children. Many children who need glasses squint in order to focus their eyes better, but this can actually lead to eye strain. If you notice that your child squints on a regular basis, it is a good idea to make an appointment with an eye doctor for an eye exam.

Rubbing Eyes

A lot of things can cause a child to rub his or her eyes, such as tiredness, allergies, eye conditions (such as pink eye), or feeling ill. But children who constantly rub their eyes without any other symptoms may be doing so because they can't see well, and straining to read or view things from a distance makes their eyes feel sore and uncomfortable. Any time that you notice your child rubbing his or her eyes for an extended period of time it is a good idea to consult an eye doctor in order to get to the root of the problem.

Poor Performance in School

In most elementary classrooms the teacher does a lot of teaching by writing on a board at the front of the classroom. Children with vision problems may have a very difficult time reading what the teacher writes on the board, and as a result his or her grades or test performance can suffer. If you know that your child does not have any learning disabilities, visiting a vision center and getting glasses may greatly help in getting your child's studies back on track.

Always Sitting Too Close to the Television

In this day and age, many households have large televisions. If everyone else in your family can view the TV just fine but your child consistently sits close to the screen, it may be because he or she can't see well. Don't hesitate to make an appointment for an eye exam with a professional like Richards Charles A OD as soon as possible if you notice this problem.